Verizon Wireless' Test Man Targets Cole County, Illinois as Part of $87 Million Network Investment in State

CHARLESTON, IL — Based on the findings of the company's local team of real "Can you hear me now?" Test Man experts, Verizon Wireless recently added a new cell tower in Coles County, as part of the company's $87 million investment in its network in Illinois during the first half of 2003.

The cell tower, located on Woodfall Road in Charleston, is expected to improve Verizon Wireless' coverage in the White Oaks Mall area and help relieve caller traffic on three of the company's nearby cell sites.

"Our network engineers routinely hit the roads, searching for areas where Verizon Wireless can enhance service for our customers," said Tracy Nolan, president — Illinois/Wisconsin Region for Verizon Wireless. "The new cell site will provide our customers who reside in or travel through Charleston and surrounding communities with greater wireless network coverage and optimal call clarity during peak calling times and at all times."

The new cell site is part of the company's aggressive yearly multi-billion network investment to improve and extend the reach of the Verizon Wireless network, the largest and most reliable in the United States. The 'most reliable claim' is based on network studies performed by the real-life test men and women who inspired the company's national advertising campaign. They conduct more than 300,000 call attempts monthly on Verizon Wireless' and other national wireless carriers' networks while traveling over 100,000 miles of the most frequently traveled roadways nationwide in specially equipped, company-owned quality test vehicles.

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